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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice, Italy

OUR RATING: First Class

One of the most celebrated trains in the world, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express departs from Venice’s Santa Lucia Train Station in the late morning, bound to arrive in Paris the following day. You can extend your journey to London, crossing the English Channel at Calais and embarking on your final leg from Folkestone to London aboard the Belmond British Pullman.

The train has been lovingly restored in Art Deco style, with polished wood and sumptuous upholstery throughout. It consists of 83 cabins, with a bathroom on either side of each carriage, a nod toward how the train was during the 1920s.

Within each cabin, there is a small vanity unit complete with a wash basin. There are no showers in the cabins excluding the three suites. Each carriage has a dedicated steward on hand to assist throughout the journey. There are three dining cabins where lunch and dinner are served as well as a Champagne Bar and Bar Car with a resident pianist. Dressing up is encouraged, and you can never be too over dressed on board.

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OUR OPINION:

One of the most celebrated and famous train journeys in the world, a trip on the Orient is like transporting back in time to the heyday of rail travel in the 1920s and 1930s.

Rooms

Carriages contain nine twin cabins with a shared bathroom on either side. None of the cabins have shower facilities. Within the cabin there is a banquette and a table as well as a washbasin and towels. Each cabin is decorated in Art Deco style with highly polished designed wood paneling. While you are having dinner, your cabin steward will transform the sofa into a bedroom with single bunk beds. Two interconnecting twin cabins become a cabin suite which are double the size of the standard cabins and have a banquette at one side and single bunk beds on the other side. There are three suites on board the train which are the size of three standard cabins. The three suites have their own bathroom and shower.

You'll be given keys for your cabin. Wi-Fi is available throughout the train.

Location

Starting in Venice, the train travels across Europe, stopping briefly at each country border until you reach Paris. At Paris you may choose to disembark or continue across France and onto Calais where you’ll cross the English Channel and board the British Pullman until your final destination of London.

Food and drink

There are three dining carriages on the train, and you'll be allocated a specific carriage for each meal. There are two sittings for each meal. Food served is prepared on board by French Chefs. Menus are set menus and are included in your booking. Any drink costs are extra.

Facilities and activities

There is an on-board boutique shop which is located close to the Bar Car 3674 where you can purchase Orient Express memorabilia.

Tour ideas in Venice

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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